The Suzuki Sidekick was introduced in the USA for the 1988 model year as a 2-door convertible or hardtop with a 1 1.6 liter fuel injected engine. It wasn’t a premium offering, but by 1997 it was an interesting experiment in out of date technology and 80s styling. Today’s example has a 5-speed manual gearbox […]
At first glance the Suzuki X90 might look like another car-based crossover mini-SUV that takes a front-wheel-drive chassis and adds a few inches of ground clearance…but you’d be wrong. The X90 was actually a 2-seat version of the Sidekick and as such used a legitimate front-longitudinal engine setup with a proper transfer case making it […]
The Geo Tracker might look to the casual observer like another unibody car-based light SUV like Toyota’s RAV4 or Honda’s CRV, but you would be mistaken. The Geo Tracker was developed (alongside the Suzuki Sidekick/Escudo) by a joint venture between GM and Suzuki at a Canadian factory. The Tracker was built on a rugged body-on-frame light truck chassis with a recirculating ball steering box and front-mounted longitudinal engine connected via a 5-speed manual to a hi-lo 2-4 transfer case. It is the real deal when it comes to light SUV off-roading, and at first glance the concept of “investment grade” might seem silly…until you research the prices of used Ford Broncos. Maybe this is an investment. Find this 1997 Geo Tracker offered for $6,921 in Orange County, CA via craigslist.
There are plenty of good reasons to drive a small car. You can save gas. Save the environment. Save on parking. The problem is that new small cars are either way overpriced (new MX-5 for $25k…hello? And don’t get me started on the prices of a well optioned Mini Cooper S –what am I, some […]